Two cool-music giants make music together again

Brian Eno’s career has a kind of “gas and brake” quality. A performer of fine rock with Roxy Music and on solo records, he also produced maybe the biggest stadium anthems ever, namely for U2. That’s a gas. But his artier projects — from the groundbreaking ambient records like Music for Airports (1978) to his more recent digital experiments — constitute hitting the brakes in pop’s fast lane. So where’s Eno now?

Still splendidly, enviably having his cake and eating it. Coming off console duties for Coldplay’s latest bazillion-seller, Eno has re-teamed with Talking Heads founder and fellow renaissance person David Byrne for the new release Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (songs are available for free streaming at its website). Their union (Eno produced three Heads albums) yielded so much smart, danceable, and joyfully quirky music a quarter-century ago. Is it time then, perhaps, for something unhurried and reflective? Nah. It’s a gas. And it’s available as a download or stream beginning today, August 18.

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Two cool-music giants make music together again